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by Ian Kendall
November 7th, 2017, 10:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Mickey MacDougall Radio Interview from 1938
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: Mickey MacDougall Radio Interview from 1938

The story is also in his book 'Gamblers Don't Gamble', but I think that came after this radio show.
by Ian Kendall
November 7th, 2017, 6:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Mickey MacDougall Radio Interview from 1938
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: Mickey MacDougall Radio Interview from 1938

Alternatively, use this handy, time saving direct link
by Ian Kendall
October 31st, 2017, 6:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Riser
Replies: 42
Views: 3543

Re: Ambitious Riser

There was a story about a couple of magicians in Scotland who worked at the same restaurant chain (unverified, but knowing the perpetrators, believable). One of them used a Devano deck, and the other used something similar to On the Up and Up. The tale was that the latter would tell customers that i...
by Ian Kendall
October 30th, 2017, 7:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Bruce Cervon’s Castle Notebooks Volume "C" or "Y" of the alphabet series
Replies: 19
Views: 1017

Re: Bruce Cervon’s Castle Notebooks Volume "C" or "Y" of the alphabet series

I traded a set of the Crimp for mine; I swapped one handwritten hard-to-read collection for another :) Sadly, even after a few years, I've not had time to study them. They do not lend themselves to idle browsing... There was a crowd-project to transcribe them at the time; you had to prove you had th...
by Ian Kendall
October 26th, 2017, 2:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic on Demand
Replies: 19
Views: 1239

Re: Magic on Demand

The vanish of a small object is one of the purest forms of magic there is (and likely one of the oldest). Go with that.
by Ian Kendall
October 25th, 2017, 4:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Center Dealing - Finding the Center
Replies: 15
Views: 855

Re: Center Dealing - Finding the Center

You could try the Magic of Fred Robinson for his method, or the large article David Ben wrote on Ross Bertram in Genii a few years back, which had a description of the Kennedy deal. There's also Hollingworth's version which I think is taught in his book (as part of his gambling routine), and the Mar...
by Ian Kendall
June 29th, 2017, 7:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 3159

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

Having seen a couple of magazines from the inside, I would suggest that it is imperative that the editor has a very in depth knowledge of the topic. I had several conversations with Mike about parts of my columns (and to a lesser extent with Richard when I was writing Magicana) - those discussions w...
by Ian Kendall
April 25th, 2017, 6:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spoiler Alert!
Replies: 4
Views: 1280

Re: Spoiler Alert!

I think people are going to have fun with this one. Looking forward to seeing the finished book :)
by Ian Kendall
April 24th, 2017, 9:26 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5847

Re: Penny punch

Hidden in plain sight.

I bought three. So far, I'm winning :)
by Ian Kendall
April 19th, 2017, 3:28 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: 3 Coins and a Shotglass
Replies: 53
Views: 24903

Re: 3 Coins and a Shotglass

This might help

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https://youtu.be/-lqLbQcY9CM

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by Ian Kendall
April 19th, 2017, 2:27 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: 3 Coins and a Shotglass
Replies: 53
Views: 24903

Re: 3 Coins and a Shotglass

It's a while since I wrote this up, but here are some thoughts on the first change... It's nice to have the right kind of glass; you need to find one with a curved base _on the inside_. If the bottom of the glass has a severe transition between the bottom and the sides, the move becomes a lot harder...
by Ian Kendall
March 30th, 2017, 2:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 9144

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

I still remember Steve Forte who I think said he was dealing centers when really he was dealing bottoms.


Chris Power's Gambling Dem from the Opus Too Director's Cut VHS has a section where you talk about centres and deal bottoms.
by Ian Kendall
March 27th, 2017, 3:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 5243

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Dai Vernon was an amateur magician. Criss Angel is a professional. Take your pick.


Heh. Mark wins this one...

I'll add something else; Sammy Davis Jr's definition of a professional: someone who does a good job even when he doesn't feel like it.
by Ian Kendall
March 21st, 2017, 12:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 6863

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Well, if we can clear up any amount of unpleasantness, that's a good enough birthday present for me :)
by Ian Kendall
March 5th, 2017, 9:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention
Replies: 23
Views: 3328

Re: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention

In Northumberland they were known as comforts.

Eh, just come for t'day, like.
by Ian Kendall
March 3rd, 2017, 5:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 31356

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

There's a poem by Noel Coward that I quite like: When I have fears, as Keats had fears Of the moment I cease to be I console myself with vanished years Remembered laughter, remembered tears And the peace of the changing sea When I feel sad, as Keats felt sad That my life is so nearly done It gives m...
by Ian Kendall
February 28th, 2017, 2:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 31356

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

suicide makes no sense.


Sadly, this is completely wrong.
by Ian Kendall
February 24th, 2017, 7:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 13460

Re: Cups and Balls

Just reading Mark's post, and I think this is a pertinent point: Oddly enough Ian has proved my theory in a back to front manner. He gets a big reaction with the first reveal but then it peters out with the second reveal which is of the three balls. There's a reason for this. After the first reveal ...
by Ian Kendall
February 24th, 2017, 7:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 13460

Re: Cups and Balls

May I please ask, how you finally settled on the timing you employed? Honestly? Trial and error over a long period of time. In the morning I'll try to find a video from longer ago, when the timing was very different. The most important thing about working on timing is listening to your audience. I ...
by Ian Kendall
February 24th, 2017, 2:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 13460

Re: Cups and Balls

Here's the last few moments from the Trickery show last month. Because the ceiling scraped the top of my head, I was working in front of the stage which is why it looks like a close up show.

https://youtu.be/1fjIX2nHzVg

(Embedding still not working for me...)
by Ian Kendall
February 24th, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 13460

Re: Cups and Balls

We had a similar conversation a while back on another forum about the use of the gibechiere. The consensus was that people who had never loaded from a pouch were vehemently against it, and claimed that the origins of the loads were obvious. Those of us who had used a pouch said that this was wrong.....
by Ian Kendall
February 24th, 2017, 4:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 13460

Re: Cups and Balls

May I please ask: what tempo do you do your reveals at? For example: 1) Do you reveal the first (then pause) and reveal the next three all at once (ala Mendoza--he only uses three, but reveals all 3 at once) 2) Do you reveal the first (then pause) and reveal the next three serially (ala Ammar). 3) ...
by Ian Kendall
February 23rd, 2017, 3:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 13460

Re: Cups and Balls

I'm going to disagree with the idea that the fourth load is anticlimactic, or gets a lesser reaction.

I'm going on personal experience here, but YMMV.

Edit: As to Mark's post; the first reveal gets a big reaction. Then you have three reveals in a row, so the rule of three still stands.
by Ian Kendall
February 22nd, 2017, 12:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention
Replies: 23
Views: 3328

Re: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention

The lack of Lever was a recurring theme throughout the weekend. Almost exclusively in a positive way.
by Ian Kendall
February 2nd, 2017, 7:01 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Printed matter on Stack & Culling ect
Replies: 13
Views: 2132

Re: Printed matter on Stack & Culling ect

Arnold McDonald produced a number of technical books on culling and stacking a few years ago. I think some of them might still be available. About 15 years or so ago there was someone who went by the name of Count VaDrey (seriously) who put out a couple of books on the subject. Joseph Schmidt publis...
by Ian Kendall
January 12th, 2017, 4:29 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: carton box illusion
Replies: 3
Views: 1037

Re: carton box illusion

My guess would be a rerun of a Doug Henning show.
by Ian Kendall
January 10th, 2017, 8:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (January 2017)
Replies: 12
Views: 1644

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (January 2017)

I'd like to put in a wee plug for Mat Ricardo in the Palace. Go along, be amazed and amused, and compliment him on how good a magician he is. He loves that :twisted:
by Ian Kendall
January 9th, 2017, 4:10 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: New Alexa skill "Magic History"
Replies: 25
Views: 4281

Re: New Alexa skill "Magic History"

Heh. I mentioned exactly that on another forum. Working on it now :)
by Ian Kendall
January 7th, 2017, 3:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 14
Views: 3197

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

Heh. Yesterday I got a delivery from Lulu of a few ebooks I had printed. The Book That Doesn't Exist was one of them :) Over the years I have found that my tastes in magic have changed by quite a lot. One thing I enjoy doing is digging out old magazines from the 90s (mainly Magic and Genii, TBH) and...
by Ian Kendall
January 7th, 2017, 12:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 14
Views: 3197

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

And that mass clicking noise is everyone popping over to the Lybrary to get hold of Scarne's Magic Tricks...
by Ian Kendall
January 5th, 2017, 6:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Marked Cards
Replies: 38
Views: 5256

Re: Looking for Marked Cards

I still have a Piatnik marked deck I bought in Davenport's in 1987. I think they stopped making them shortly after...
by Ian Kendall
January 3rd, 2017, 6:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Marked Cards
Replies: 38
Views: 5256

Re: Looking for Marked Cards

My eyesight has long passed the point were normal marks are useful in performance. It's obviously time to break out Blob-o-vision :)
by Ian Kendall
January 2nd, 2017, 2:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Marked Cards
Replies: 38
Views: 5256

Re: Looking for Marked Cards

I researched the exact colours for blue and red bikes - they are Prussian Blue and Vermillion.

I tried Harry's marking system, but couldn't find a suitable way to apply the ink without it smudging :(
by Ian Kendall
January 2nd, 2017, 6:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Marked Cards
Replies: 38
Views: 5256

Re: Looking for Marked Cards

_so_ many :)
by Ian Kendall
December 29th, 2016, 8:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for Bob Neale trick
Replies: 10
Views: 1164

Re: Looking for Bob Neale trick

Heh. I remember bookmarking the Minotaur routine when I got it in 94, but I never got round to making it (I got locked out of my flat, and had other things to worry about...)

I'll make one of the Neale version as well, just for comparison :)
by Ian Kendall
December 16th, 2016, 9:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 20
Views: 2972

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Dubious. I think in the Canadian Vernon documentary it was mentioned that the cups were given to him engraved to begin with.
by Ian Kendall
December 14th, 2016, 1:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine
Replies: 57
Views: 7000

Re: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine

Many years ago Mark Leveridge put out a Chop Mug that used the carry bag as a close up mat on the spectator's hand.
by Ian Kendall
December 14th, 2016, 9:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine
Replies: 57
Views: 7000

Re: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine

Also, I have the Magic index up to 2011, and there's nothing in there. Sorry.
by Ian Kendall
December 14th, 2016, 9:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine
Replies: 57
Views: 7000

Re: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine

The Peter Rosengren routine?
by Ian Kendall
December 12th, 2016, 7:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2016 tricks?
Replies: 35
Views: 3365

Re: 2016 tricks?

Have you played with the Tiny Plunger yet?

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